Now Closed Medley Cafe To Reopen Soon With New Head Chef

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Photo credit: Medley Kangaroo Point/Facebook

Medley, one of the most beloved cafes in Kangaroo Point is looking to reopen in September 2022, a few months after closing due to staffing issues. Among the exciting, new changes would be some new chefs, led by Head Chef Joshua Mak.


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The cafe, boasting one of Brisbane’s most gorgeous riverside settings, was forced to close temporarily in May 2022 after failing to fill up to 15 positions. 

Despite offering up to $90,000 for the head chef position, the cafe wasn’t able to find one, leaving them with the option to close in the meantime.

However, it wasn’t long enough before Medley Cafe found the right person for the job, with Chef Joshua Mak now taking over the kitchen.

Chef Joshua Mak (Photo credit: Medley Kangaroo Point/Facebook)

Chef Mak previously trained at Gerard’s Bistro and other popular Brisbane dining destinations, such as Urbane, sAme sAme, The Euro, and Longtime Dining.

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He inherited his culinary experience from his grandfather, who had over 30 years of experience as a chef, running two family restaurants.

Aside from a head chef, the cafe also hired a new sous chef and apprentice chef and three wait staff. 

Photo credit: Medley Kangaroo Point/Facebook

Although the cafe already reopened, the owners said staffing remains a challenge, because they could only open from Wednesdays to Sundays for breakfast and lunch, instead of the usual Tuesday to Sunday operations.

Owners Nick and Serena Pavlakis are also preparing to welcome their new bundle of joy whilst they take the time off.

“We will be CLOSED until at least early September as we take leave to enjoy some family time. We are expecting a new family member and wish to take time to enjoy this special moment in life, particularly at a time when labour shortages are ongoing,” the couple announced on social media.

Photo credit: Medley Kangaroo Point/Facebook

With the cafe’s staff slowly being filled, Nick and Serena are looking forward to offering dinner service once again this September. They are planning to take a few bookings for events such as birthdays and weddings in the near future. They will also reintroduce live music on Sunday afternoons.

To stay updated about Medley’s reopening, don’t forget to follow them on Facebook.